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First Reactions to Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

First Reactions to Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

Reviews of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” are embargoed until December 21, but with year-end list and poll-voting season hard upon us, the movie has already screened for many critics, and reactions are starting to leak out over Twitter. A small handful of early viewers have reported walking out — the version currently screening is the 175-minute “roadshow” cut with intermission, which seems to provide a convenient exit point — but of those who stayed, the reactions are almost uniformly positive, and often raves. (I’m counting subtweets and those that cheekily refer to the movie as
“[embargoed],” but not collecting them here, since even if it’s fairly clear from context what movie is being referenced, it’s not a dead certainty.) We’ll see this week how “The Hateful Eight” fares with the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, who are voting on their awards in the next few days, but it sounds as if individually, if not necessarily collectively, plenty of their members are over the moon.

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